Radio Galaxy 3C288

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Description

This is an unusual radio galaxy. It has double lobes with plume-like extensions. Astronomers believe that the jets are fueled by material accreting onto a super-massive black hole at the center of the host galaxy (not shown in this image). The high energy particles are confined to remarkably well collimated jets, and are shot into extragalactic space at speeds approaching the speed of light, where they eventually balloon into massive radio lobes. The overall size of this source is 104 kpc, and there is an abbreviated jet and counterjet.
Radio galaxy at z=0.246 (778/h Mpc, H = 100h km/s/Mpc). VLA 8.4 GHz image at 0.2 arcsec resolution.

Creator

Legacy Astronomical Images

Rights

NRAO/AUI/NSF does not hold full copyright for this image. Contact the archivist for details.

Type

Legacy Astronomical Image

Object Name

3C288

Investigators

Alan Bridle, Jacob Callcut, Ed Fomalont

Telescope

Very Large Array (VLA)

Observation Date

1980-03-25

Type of Observation

continuum

Band

X

Wavelength

3.6 cm

Frequency

8.4 GHz

Center of Image

RA 13:38:49.990, Dec: 38:51:9.500 (J2000)

Field of View

0.007000 x 0.007000 degrees

Link to journal article

Notes

Contact the archivist for a high resolution tif of this image.

Series

Active Galactic Nuclei Series

Unit

Radio Galaxies Unit

Citation

Legacy Astronomical Images, “Radio Galaxy 3C288,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 3, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33389.